"Following up on its October announcement of the
DB2 for Linux beta and the more recent
Telia decision to implement Linux on an IBM mainframe, IBM on
Friday delivered a package of DB2 and WebSphere announcements,
relating to Linux on both Intel servers and IBM mainframes. These
announcements round out a coherent Linux marketing strategy for IBM
that is likely to drive Linux adoption, and sales of IBM hardware,
into enterprises of all sizes."
"Why would a business like Telia want to run Linux on an IBM
mainframe instead of using a large number of cheap Intel servers
(or a smaller number of Sun servers), with all the advantages that
go along with that strategy? The advantages of using clusters of
cheap Intel servers running Linux are fairly well known: low cost
to get started, ease of increasing/decreasing capacity by
adding/removing servers, and minimal impact on performance when a
single server goes down."
"According to Handy, the answer is quite simply that Linux on an
IBM mainframe can do the same things better. Obviously,
when a few dozen Intel servers will do the job, a mainframe isn't a
serious alternative -- there's no way that the cost can be
justified. But, when the hardware cost for that "large number of
cheap servers" begins to approach the cost of an IBM mainframe,
then Linux on the mainframe offers some significant advantages over
a collection of separate servers, either Linux on Intel boxes or
Solaris on Sun hardware..."
"IBM moved some time ago to port DB2 to Linux and then to
port Linux to IBM mainframes. That pretty much covered the
technical end of IBM's Linux strategy. With the Small Business
Suite and these high-end announcements, IBM has Linux covered on
the marketing end with a coherent strategy for getting businesses
to start using Linux -- on the low end, the high end, and in the
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